SEC Defenses Knocked On Their Heels, Backpedaling - NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

SEC Defenses Knocked On Their Heels, Backpedaling

Posted: Updated:
Alabama coach Nick Saban (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt) Alabama coach Nick Saban (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The powerful defenses in the Southeastern Conference are being knocked on their heels.

The SEC has built its reputation on fast, talented defenses and rode that tradition to seven straight BCS national titles. This year, defenses are being shredded yard-by-yard.

9 of 14 SEC teams are surrendering more yards than a year ago at this time. Among them are some of the conference's defensive leaders the past few seasons: Alabama, LSU and South Carolina.

Whatever the reason - spread offenses, an exodus of defensive talent to the NFL or attack-minded new coaches pushing the offensive tempo - it's apparent early on that SEC defenses are backpedaling.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said one reason is the SEC is loaded with explosive offensive players who have gotten the better of younger defenders.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 NewsChannel 5 (WTVF-TV) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.